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IDAHO AUTOMOBILE AND ELECTRIC TRANSPORTATION COMPANY
The vehicles were powered by 20-horsepower, two cylinder opposed engines which, to those mechanically-minded, looked like a flattened v-shaped engine. The brass headlights were powered by acetylene gas and the boarding steps doubled as fenders. Main and Iowa STREETS were the only two covered with brick at the time and Fourth Street was macadamized. The hard rubber tires and the rough streets made travel--an experience. Passengers boarded at 7th and Main and then followed a route down Iowa to Fourth where the bus crossed over the MISSISSIPPI RIVER to East Dubuque.
Parties wishing to charter a bus for a trip to Cascade or a picnic would be driven by one of the company's stockholders. The second bus maintained the local schedule. Good weather brought an end to the East Dubuque service; people enjoyed the ride on the ferry boat. The company moved its operation during the summer to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for sightseeing. It is not known how long the company was in existence.
1. 'Sputtering Buggy' Pioneer Intercity Bus," Telegraph Herald, March 4, 1951, p. 17